Language Building: Sounds and Syllables, Part One

Sounds and syllables are the building blocks of any language. When you are creating a language, you want to keep the sounds you use consistent. The consistency lends authenticity to your language, making it seem more natural. This is where phonetics can help you! Step 1: The Phonetic Inventory Phonetics is the study of sounds … Read more

The Interactive Guide to Writing Effective Paragraphs

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A while ago I discovered that there was such a thing as “visual novels”. For anyone who doesn’t know what they are, they find their roots in Japan and are like virtual storybooks or choose-your-own story books in digital form. The format incorporates pictures, music, semi-moveable characters and choices that the reader/player can make for … Read more

Language Building: Who Speaks Your Language?

Who speaks your language? This is the second part of the Language Building series, where I’ll discuss elements of linguistics that aid in language building. This post deals with the differences between alien language and human language. Long story short: the nature of the characters speaking your language should have an effect of how it’s … Read more

Language Building: Starting Out

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  As a linguist, I love language. I think it’s a requirement. I love learning about how language works and learning whatever I can in languages other than my own. One of my favorite topics in linguistics is fictional or constructed language. Klingon, Na’vi, Atlantean, Elvish— I love it all. A fictional language gives a … Read more

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